Hello AL!

My dad was a small business owner and entrepreneur, working with the Detroit automotive industry for nearly 50 years. His plant did vacuum metalizing and injection molding for the Big Three, cranking out tens of thousands shiny silver Chrysler logos for sedan dashboards, long plastic swooshes for exterior trim on Ford station wagons and occasionally working with a pal to…

February 2017 Around Town

First Place Champion’s Award and Best Robot Performance Award Issued to Eighth Graders of Fulton Science Academy’s robotics team “Control+Alt+Delete” had a strong weekend at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Robotics Championships, taking home both the “First Place Champion’s Award” and the “Best Overall Robot Performance Award.”The results of the weekend competition were exciting, but the fact that the…

Office Space

Turning off Westside Parkway, just south of Windward Parkway, the tidy glass office building that houses Fiserv promises a bright future. The newer office structure that houses the grand lobby presents six stories of glass with a flourish of daylight, digital art and thoughtful design choices that set the stage for creativity, collaboration and success.

Casting the perfect cheese plate

Just like any movie it is the cast of characters that makes the film an award winner. So too with the perfect cheese plate. As we salute the Grammy Awards (February 12) and the Academy Awards (February 28), consider entertaining your crew (or just your two leads) with this perennial favorite. Remember that variety is the key. Fresh fruit, berries,…

Vinyl-Alive in Alpharetta

The first thing I noticed about owners of Comeback Vinyl was the playful yet intelligent banter they had with one another as they discussed everything from their favorite records growing up to their up and coming concert plans. Starting at small antique fairs, the mother-son duo never shared aspirations of opening Comeback Vinyl, the record store tucked away in southern…

Gotta Run Kids Sets the Pace

What started as a father-son training session on the track has bloomed into a year-round youth running group that’s gaining traction at a rapid pace and setting records around town. Gotta Run Kids and Great Strides work to familiarize children with running, along with all the sport’s positive results. Greg Patterson, founder, utilized his background in running to train his…

Sue’s picks for local spirits

Atlanta is flush with home-spun spirits. This isn't your grandpappy's moonshine, though. Distilleries like Old Fourth Distillery and American Spirit Whiskey are making us proud. This gin is one of my favorites, an impressive rich and smooth pour. Handcrafted Southern Dry Gin from Old Fourth Distillery is distilled from organic Italian wheat and vapor infused with fresh botanicals: juniper berries…

A different type of ‘hybrid’: Muscle Car meets SUV

In common terms, the “hybrid” badge refers to the combination of both electric and gas in a vehicle, but in the case of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, it has been reinvented to mean muscle car meets SUV. For the individual who wants power, luxury and stunning looks enjoyed by up to four other thrill-seeking adults, the hunt is…

Happily Ever After

I wish I were five again! I’d make my bed every day, eat all my vegetables and be quick with my please and thank you’s for months so my parents might just consider booking my birthday party at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room in Johns Creek. We sat down with Brandi Hightower, the CEO and owner of the adorable shop and…

Captain Planet

The Captain Planet Foundation presented its 25th annual Benefit Gala, one of the Southeast’s largest eco-benefits recognizing people for extraordinary environmental stewardship and change-making, raising funds for the Foundation’s mission to support hands-on environmental projects and environmental learning strategies through grant giving and programs.